E-mental health strategy could require more training

GPs could soon be asked to undertake additional training so they can remotely monitor the progress of mental health patients attending consultations online or even via their mobile phone.

The move was flagged by a senior researcher on a federal government expert committee announced last week with the aim of developing a national ‘e-mental health’ strategy.

Professor Helen Christensen, head of ANU’s Centre for Mental Health Research, told MO the committee would aim to create a central mental health website that linked various existing online services. 

The site could determine which service a patient needed; time-pressed GPs would also refer patients to the site. The committee would examine how to keep GPs involved in patient progress including the possibility of enabling them to access patient online activities and setting up special e-mental health training.

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